Nutrition and/or Preventive Medicine Experts
Neal D. Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Physicians Committee president and founder. Nutrition researcher. Author of 18 books and many scientific articles on nutrition and health. Directs numerous innovative campaigns to promote healthy eating. Rigorous opponent of unethical research practices. Spearheaded the Physicians Committee's lawsuit against the U.S. government's unethical experiments giving healthy short children a genetically engineered growth hormone. Advocate for higher standards in human research and for alternatives to animal research. Full-length bio >
Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of clinical research at the nonprofit Physicians Committee and directs research studies analyzing the effect food choices have on insulin resistance and the regulation of a healthy body weight. Her current research includes analyzing the thermic effect of food in response to a 16-week dietary intervention. Full-length bio >
Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.
Director of nutrition education. Researches and writes about plant-based diets and reduced risk of chronic diseases. Also addresses the need for nutrition guidelines that reflect PCRM’s New Four Food Groups. Assists in teaching nutrition and health classes to participants in clinical studies exploring links between diet and diabetes. Full-length bio >
Jill Eckart, C.H.H.C.
Associate Director of Nutrition Education. Manages the Physicians Committee’s online 21-Day Kickstart program that runs three times a year. Teaches research participants how to prepare and cook healthy, low-fat plant-based meals. Full-length bio >
Meghan Jardine, M.S., M.B.A., R.D., L.D., C.D.E.
Meghan Jardine is the Associate Director of Diabetes Nutrition Education. As a diabetes educator and nutritionist, Mrs. Jardine works to develop education programs on the health benefits of plant-based nutrition. Full-length bio >
Caroline Trapp, D.N.P., A.N.P.-BC, C.D.E., F.A.A.N.P.
Caroline Trapp is director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is also a nurse practitioner specializing in the care of people with diabetes at Premier Internists, a division of the Millennium Medical Group, P.C., in Southfield, Mich. Full-length bio >
Amy J. Lanou, Ph.D.
Senior nutrition scientist and assistant professor at University of North Carolina Asheville. Oversees projects and campaigns to help health care professionals and laypeople transition to a low-fat vegetarian diet. Researches and writes about reducing the risk of chronic diseases through plant-based diets. Authored Building Bone Vitality and Healthy Eating for Life for Children. Lead author of a landmark review in Pediatrics showing that dairy products do not promote bone health. Formerly served as PCRM’s nutrition director for five years. Full-length bio >
Karen Smith, R.D.
Karen Smith, R.D., is a staff dietitian for the Physicians Committee who enjoys educating patients about the power of plant-based nutrition and disease prevention. Ms. Smith has more than 10 years of experience as a registered dietitian in various community and clinical nutrition settings, including Meals on Wheels, WIC, and multiple long-term care facilities. Full-length bio >
Maggie Neola, R.D., L.D., is a staff dietitian for the Barnard Medical Center and advocates for eating power-house, nutrient-dense foods for optimal health and disease prevention. Ms. Neola is passionate about helping her patients enjoy healthful eating and make lasting lifestyle changes. Full-length bio >
Dr. Zeeshan Ali is the Kickstart India Program Specialist. He uses his working knowledge of chronic disease, nutrition, and Indian culture to develop content for the 21-Day kickstart India program. He also writes scientific reviews and articles on non-animal-based research methods. Full-length bio >
Dr. Xu received his bachelor’s degree in biophysics at Peking University, and doctorate in physiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Full-length bio >